Our Vision, Our Mission, Our Values


Creating a more humane world through the transformative power of psychoanalysis.


NPAP educates psychoanalysts in diverse theories, provides a public forum for interdisciplinary discussion of contemporary issues, and delivers affordable psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to the community.


We celebrate our legacy as the first institute to promote lay analysis and proudly carry that spirit into the future.

Theoretical pluralism
We are deeply committed to both the fundamentals of psychoanalysis and the evolving theoretical landscape.

Candidates and members vote on policy and direction. Members have the opportunity to teach, analyze, supervise, run for committee and board positions, and submit proposals to standing committees.

We serve the community by offering affordable therapy to the public. We promote the discussion of psychoanalysis in contemporary mental health care through clinical practice, research and writing. We commit to affirming individual dignity and addressing issues of violence, civil liberties and environmental destruction.

We provide an inspiring professional home where members and candidates can create referral networks, nurture friendships, join study groups, and generate new ideas.

We welcome outstanding candidates from different professional and educational backgrounds. We build community that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender identity and sexual orientation.